‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′: Director Marc Webb Talks J. Jonah Jameson

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Of all the casting choices in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, J.K. Simmons as The Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson is perhaps the most perfect. With his mile-a-minute patter and his ability to fire and rehire someone in the space of a single breath, Jameson still stands out as one of the most memorable aspects of Raimi’s franchise – not to mention, the face that launched a thousand memes.

Simmons was so great in the role, in fact, that it’s hard to imagine any other actor playing Jameson in the rebooted universe of The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequels. This has been true of other comic book characters in the past; before The Dark Knight it was hard to imagine anyone pulling off the role of the Joker as well as Jack Nicholson did. In this case, however, even The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb admits that it’s an incredibly tough role to recast.

During a Google+ Hangout promoting the upcoming release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Webb was asked about the possibility of J. Jonah Jameson showing up in either The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (which Webb is also directing) or Amazing Spider-Man 4. While Webb couldn’t say for sure, he definitely seemed keen on the prospect.

“I like the idea very much of him coming up in the next film. It was more easy to accept a new Spider-Man than someone who could outdo J.K. Simmons in that role, he is so iconic. That’s something we’ve really talked about. Obviously I love that character because he poses such an interesting dilemma for Spider-Man. The answer is I don’t know, but I think you can expect to see him in the future.”

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As far as the viral marketing for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is concerned, Jameson is already part of the movies – even if he hasn’t appeared onscreen yet. Sony set up a website for The Daily Bugle and posted an editorial from the desk of J. Jonah James, decrying the so-called “heroic” actions of the public menace known as Spider-Man.

If Jameson does appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man 4 then it might be possible to simply bring Simmons back to play the role again – he has, after all, said that he would be open to returning. The only actor to have appeared in both franchises so far is Stan Lee, who is sort of an exception to the rule; still, if any character could make it through a universe reboot without a single moustache hair out of place, then Jameson is that character.

Tell us in the comments if you think J. Jonah Jameson should show up in The Amazing Spider-Man sequels, and who should play him if he does.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2, 2014, and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is set for release on June 10, 2016.

Source: Sony (via ComingSoon)

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  1. Put J. K. Simmons back in the role. Problem solved.

    • If M. did it in Bond, JJJ can do it too!

      • Hes a constant in every universe.

      • While it might be better to go with someone different to keep the reboot films as their own thing and not be distracting, it also seems like it would work just fine if you think of things like the Bond films. Good call.

      • Exact thought

    • I think the character is vital to Spider-Man. It’s one thing taking on super-villains but taking on a guy who actively is trying to turn the public against you, regardless of the good you do is another.
      And you’re right, JK Simmons IS JJJ. Just have him back.

  2. JK Simmons’ portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson was, and still is, so strong, memorable, indelible and endearing – that any other actor taking up that role would be a white wash.

    Simmons was one of the very few things about Raimi’s “Spiderman” that was spot on.

    Tobey who?

  3. He was the one thing about the old films that I liked better.

  4. people like to say that RDJ is tony stark and heath ledger is the joker. but if any actor is a comic character its JK simmons as Jameson. he was perfect for the role. i think they should get him back for the next.

  5. “The face that launched a thousand memes” Too true

    • In Britain, the face that has the most memes is David Moyes. Lol

      Just type “david moyes memes” in Google image search. Poor bugger

      • Poor guy couldn’t even get a full season with Man U under his belt. But thats what happens when you have a legend still overlooking everything, and not disappearing as he should have. I blame Fergie’s bacon-faced, gum chewing ass.

  6. Forget recasting Jameson, there is now other actor who can embody him like J.K. Simmons did. If there’s one character I think no one would mind seeing played by the same person, it’s J.K.’s Jameson; please bring him back.

  7. Honestly, if they did want to try and take him another direction, I could possibly see Bruce Campbell as a version of Jameson, not that I’m against Simmons coming back mind you

  8. So we’re two movies deep in this franchise and they still haven’t introduced J. Jonah? You know it’s not because they don’t want to recast the role . It’s because they’re focusing on cramming as many special FX ridden villians in as they can. There’s no room for him in these movies.

    • Nope, it’s because the second film is the first to mention that Peter has a job selling Spider-Man photos to the Bugle, the story hasn’t got much time to show that work and it’s not really important.

      They have positive and negative reactions to “the spider vigilante” via soundbites and newspaper headlines, Jameson’s named in a conversation between Peter and May and you see Peter receive an email from him after being asked to increase his paycheck for the photos but otherwise, they didn’t need to show him in the second movie at all and bringing him into the third makes a ton of sense. Especially because Peter left college right at the start of the film and his Bugle job’s only mentioned midway through.

      Stop looking for things to hate about the film before it even releases over there because you’re doing yourself no favours whatsoever.

      • Thanks for telling us a bunch about the movie, seeing as how a lot of us haven’t seen it yet. Real classy and thoughtful.

  9. There is no sanity in not re-hiring J.K. Simmons for the role if he’s available for it.

  10. If you have to go somewhere else R Lee Ermey would be a good JJJ.

  11. Bruce Willis for Jameson. Simmons was one of best things about Raimi’s trilogy, but I think it’s important for this franchise to distinguish itself regardless of what fans think they want. Ellis I think is the best choice, his constantly irritable personality would be a funny iteration of the character. Christopher Plummer would be a good choice as well, I could see him as this old school honorable oppiniated news editor. It would no longer make him the comic relief, but a moral voice for Peter, during him that sometimes he needs to be careful with his abilities with his editorials explaining how irresponsible Spiderman is.

    • Yeah, Bruce Willis might actually be not that bad as JJJ.

  12. Willis**

  13. Rick Hoffman would be an excellent choice! (Louis Litt from Suits)

  14. J. K. Simmons was one of those rare examples of having the perfect actor for the part he played. Classic and role-defining. Some others included Charlton Heston as Taylor (Planet of the Apes) and Moses, Yul Brenner as Pharoah (also in 10 Commandments), “Captain Jean-Luc-Picard” playing the part of Professor X, Telly Savalas as Kojak, Michael Chikilis as Vic Maki in The Shield, perhaps James Spader in The Black List…I suppose I could go on and on. I guess the actual point is, sometimes you just have to give kudos to actors and actresses who just fit the conception of a part to a “T” and really define the role, until you just automatically identify with that actor and character as if they were one in the same. One case where the portrayal orf a character was not spot-on for the comic-book character as originally written, but actually did work, is Robert Downey as Tony Stark. Not quite how he was written in the comics at all, but by golly, surprisingly the “new portrayal” did actually work well on screen. Some boots may be filled at a future time in sequels, but whether the boot-fit will be a perfect fit? Well, that is another story. I remember seeing the portrayals of bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee both as Dracula (both worked, however different), as well as Peter Cushing and Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing. Two very diffrent interpretations, but both worked. Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins? Classic! I could ramble on and on….!

  15. I say bring him back and out a piece of dislodge in there where he says somthing like “I feel like I’ve done this all before” or “I saw of this a different way in a dream of something” haha any off putting remark that breaks the 4th wall would be funny

    • or do something akin to DmC where they basically mocked the old franchise…


  17. Bryan Cranston or GTFO.

  18. Whoever suggested Campbell up above is a genius. Groovy.

  19. Absolutely bring him back! you could even work in a cheesy joke about it.

    Jameson: “What’s with everyone always trying to reinvent themselves?! Always changing! Look at me, I haven’t changed! Why mess with a masterpiece?!”

    Can ya hear it?!

    • That idea is spot on Hippie. Send that to the studio!!! I laughed and it sounds just like something JJJ would say.

  20. I thought “James Bond” was like a code name for the position. And the previous ones retired or something…

    • No, you’re just supposed to ignore the change.

  21. I hate to correct you but Stan Lee was not the only one. The thief that Peter get away is also the driver of the guy that lizard goes after in the bridge

  22. Nick Offerman!

  23. I super hope that JJ appears in a future TASM movie with JK Simmons playing him again. I would love it if JK Simmons returned for that.

  24. Eddie Murphy for J. Jonah Jameson.

  25. Just put J.K. Simmons back in the role no explanation needed.

    The comparison to Jack Nicholson’s joker is not a good one. His version was just a darker version of Cesar Romero’s version only it didn’t really work that well. Simmons on the other hand was perfect.

  26. why don’t we make a petition for JK Simmons to return. they should listen to us, we’re the ones who pay for the movie anyway.

  27. “It was more easy to accept a new Spider-Man than someone who could outdo J.K. Simmons in that role, he is so iconic.”
    “J.K. Simmons in that role…is so iconic.”

    You’re g****** right.

    • I heard what you said!…but this still pleases me.